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The Joy of Small Spaces

Use these designer tricks to make the most of your home's compact areas.

By Sharon Johnson


There is much to be said for the pleasures inherent in small spaces. Whether it's a cozy corner, an intimate library, or a window seat tucked under an eave, we respond to these smaller spaces because they have a more intimate scale. Whether you aim to embrace the enveloping nature of a small space or prefer it to feel more expansive, there are designer tricks you can use to make the most of your home's compact areas.

See Making the Most of Small Spaces for more design ideas.

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Living Room with Window Seat by Vicente Wolf Associates

Think cocoon

It doesn't take much space to create a cozy cocoon. The built-in bookcases bracket a handy window seat with room underneath for additional storage. Pull up a chair, and this library nook enlarges for an intimate tete-a-tete.
Living Room with Window Seat
by Vicente Wolf Associates

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